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Real Madrid striker Mariano Diaz tests positive for COVID-19

Real Madrid have announced that Mariano Diaz has tested positive for coronavirus and is now self-isolating at home.

The Spanish champions underwent tests on Monday ahead of the team’s return to training on Tuesday after a week off.

And the 26-year-old striker is asymptomatic and isolating at home. The tests done on Monday were carried out at the players’ houses and hence, Mariano was not in contact with any other players or staff.

Mariano is set to miss Madrid’s Champions League round-of-16 return leg at Manchester City on Aug. 7. Madrid take on City at the Etihad stadium needing to overturn a 2-1 first-leg deficit.

Zinedine Zidane’s side trail that contest 2-1 on aggregate and have it all to do at the Etihad Stadium on August 7.

Quarantine protocols have been put in place for those arriving in Britain from Spanish shores as the coronavirus pandemic continues to pose a serious threat to public health around the world.

Real had been granted exemption from those regulations, with there no need for them to isolate for 14 days once entering the UK.

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